Islamist militants have attacked a military base in southern Somalia, detonating a suicide car bomb and sending in gunmen.
An al-Shabab spokesman said 27 soldiers were killed in the raid at Baar Sanguni, near Kismayo.
But the claim cannot be independently verified and the Somali government has not yet commented on the attack – which began just after early morning prayers.
The jihadist group targeted a military base in the same area in June. During that attack an American soldier was killed and four others were wounded.
Somali soldiers are seen here on patrol in the country’s south in June, where days earlier al-Shabab militants claimed responsibly for the killing of an American special operations soldier.